Juhu rave party: Rahul Sharma tests positive, faces arrest

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Mumbai: IPL cricketers Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell who were detained from a rave party in Mumbai tested positive for drugs consumed at a posh hotel in Juhu.

The leg-spinner along with his Pune Warriors team-mate Wayne Parnell were among the 100 odd people who were detained by the police after a raid at Hotel Oakwoods in Juhu, Mumbai on May 20.

On the eve of the series opener at Hambantota, the Indian camp was rocked by the shocking development of the young leg-spinner testing positive along with South African seamer Wayne Parnell.

The two were among many celebrities who attended a rave party at a plush hotel in suburban Juhu and Mumbai Police on Friday confirmed that they were among the 42 who tested positive for drugs.

The Indian team's media manager Ravi Jain said that they have not received any communication in this regard from the BCCI yet.

"We have not received any communication from BCCI, So, it would not be proper for me to comment anything on this at this stage," Jain said.

Jain also declined to comment whether the spinner would be fielded for tomorrow's match in the wake of the recent development.

Speaking to a news channel after the incident, Sharma reckoned that he along with Parnell had reached the hotel at around 7 in the evening and within an hour the place was raided by the police.

Sharma had refuted allegations which said he was present at a rave party at a Mumbai hotel, claiming that he had gone there to attend a birthday celebration. The leg-spinner also said that he had never heard about a rave party before.

The 25-year-old went a step ahead when he said that he would quit playing cricket in case if he is tested positive. Sharma had also defended Parnell saying that he was a decent guy which is why he decided to take him to the party.

The Mumbai Police on Friday received reports of blood samples of 44 out of the 90 people, who had attended the sundown party at Oakwood Premier Hotel in Juhu.

"Of the 44, two females tested negative, while the rest are positive," Deputy Police Commissioner Pratap Dighaokar said.

These 44 people include two IPL cricketers Rahul and Parnell (both played for Pune Warriors India) and 38 women, police sources said.

On June 22, city police had declared the results of 46 of the 90 people's blood samples, who attended the party, in which 44 tested positive, police said.

Actors Apurva Agnihotri, Anshuman Jha, Parth Sharma, Amit Gaur, famous fashion designer Rocky S, cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi's son Angad Bedi, celebrities Rahul Dahia, Kartik Jobanputra, DJ brothers Dipesh Sharma and Rakesh Sharma and the hotel director Vishay Handa were among the 44 people who tested positive, the results for which were announced on June 20 by the police.

Police had on May 20 raided the posh hotel and rounded up 90 patrons, including foreigners, following specific inputs about the presence of drugs at the party. They were let off after their urine and blood samples were taken.
All those who tested positive would face arrest, another police official said, adding the procedure to arrest would start soon.

Among those tested positive in today's report, 35 had consumed cannabis, three had consumed cannabis as well as cocaine and four others had consumed cannabis and MDMA (better known as ecstasy, a drug usually taken in a pill form).

However, police did not reveal their names.

But as per reports all the men who were detained have tested positive leading to speculations that the two cricketers are also part of the same group.

With PTI inputs

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